Museum quality Platecarpus paddle (Kansas)
Rare complete rear paddle of a Kansas Chalk Platecarpus tympaniticus. Most such wings are positioned in reconstructed matrix as the original matrix is very fragile. We wanted to do something different and mount the paddle in 3D which resulted in a very decorative display piece. Platecarpus paddle discoveries are rare, certainly when it comes to the smaller bones, the digits. This Paddle is almost completely original with only 2 of the smallest digits needing some restoration and 1 of the very small round bones missing. An absolutely phenomenal object.
Upper Cretaceous (87 - 82 mil y.)
Niobrara formation, Smoky Hill Chalk, Kansas, USA
73 cm - 28.75" (height on stand)